Chokgyur Lingpa

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Chokgyur Lingpa. Click on image to enlarge. Image credit: himalayanart.org

b.1829 – d.1870

Incarnations: Neten Chokling གནས་བརྟན་མཆོག་གླིང།; Tsike Chokling རྩི་ཀེ་མཆོག་གླིང།
Tradition: Nyingma རྙིང་མ།
Historical Period: 19th Century ༡༩ དུས་རབས།
Institution: Katok ཀཿ་ཐོག།; Mindroling སྨིན་གྲོལ་གླིང།; Dorje Drak རྡོ་རྗེ་བྲག།; Dzogchen Monastery རྫོགས་ཆེན་དགོན།; Neten Monastery གནས་བརྟན་དགོན།; Tsike རྩི་ཀེ།; Drigung Til འབྲི་གུང་མཐིལ།; Tsurpu Monastery མཚུར་ཕུ།; Samye བསམ་ཡས།; Dzongsar རྫོང་སར།; Karma Gon ཨརྨ་དགོན།; Pelme Tekchen Evam Gatsel Ling དཔལ་མེ་ཐེག་ཆེན་ཨེ་བཾ་དགའ་ཚལ་གླིང།; Nangchen Gar ནང་ཆེན་གར།; Pelpung དཔལ་སྤུངས།; Tsadra Rinchen Drak ཙཱ་འདྲ་རིན་ཆེན་བྲག།; Dzongsho རྫོང་ཤོད།; Rongme Karmo Taktsang རོང་མེ་དཀར་མོ་སྟག་ཚང།; Namchen Drakkar གནམ་ཆེན་བྲག་དཀར།; Pema Shelpuk པདྨ་ཤེལ་ཕུག།
Clan: Kyasu སྐྱ་སུ།
Vocation: Treasure Revealers གཏེར་སྟོན།
Name Variants: Chokgyur Dechen Zhikpo Lingpa མཆོག་གྱུར་བདེ་ཆེན་ཞིག་པོ་གླིང་པ།; Kyasu Terton སྐྱ་སུ་གཏེར་སྟོན།; Orgyen Chokgyur Dechen Zhikpo Lingpa ཨོ་རྒྱན་མཆོག་གྱུར་བདེ་ཆེན་ཞིག་པོ་གླིང་པ།

Chokgyur Lingpa (mchog gyur gling pa) was born at the base of the sacred mountain Namkhadzod (nam mkha’ mdzod) in Nangchen (nang chen) on the tenth day of either the sixth or the tenth month of the female earth ox year (August 9 or November 5, 1829). His father was a “mad mantrika” named Pema Wangchuk (padma dbang phyug) and his mother was a “straightforward woman” named Tsering Yangtso (tshe ring g.yang mtsho). His father was reputed to have been related to a minister in the Nangchen court named Acak Dru (a lcags ‘gru), the source, perhaps, of the claim that Chokgyur Lingpa was related to minor Nangchen royalty. The clan name was Kyasu (skya su). Kunzang Choktrul (kun bzang mchog spru, d.u.), the incarnation of the treasure revealer Mingyur Dorje (mi ‘gyur rdo rje, 1645-1667), gave the boy a name that is recorded as either Konchok Tendzin (dkon mchog bstan ‘dzin) or Norbu Tendzin (nor bu bstan ‘dzin) (konchok and norbu being near synonyms).

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Pelme Tekchen Evam Gatsel Ling is a Drigung Kagyu monastery in Nangchen, Kham. It was founded in 1640. Photo sourced from Treasury of Lives.

By Chokgyur Lingpa’s own account he received numerous teachings and met several lamas in his youth. He entered the Drigung Kagyu monastery Pelme Tekchen Evam Gatsel Ling (dpal me theg chen e vaM dga’ tshal gling) in Nangchen as a novice, and was given monk’s vows from the Eighth Pawo Tsulak Trengwa, Chokyi Gyelpo (dpa’ bo gtsug lag ‘phreng ba 08 chos kyi rgyal po, d.u.). At some point he transferred to the Drukpa Kagyu monastery at the capital, Nangchen Gar (nang chen gar), a move that has been explained as being in response to a local law stipulating that each family send one son to the royal monastery.

Chokgyur Lingpa’s early treasure revelations are recorded in multiple ambiguous and confused narratives. He himself wrote that before his thirteenth birthday he was visited by a vision of Padmasambhava, and that this was followed by “many unwanted and confusing apparitions,” some of them reportedly unintelligible, others apparently clear signs that he would reveal treasure. After he announced publicly that he would extract treasure from Namkhadzod, one of his early teachers, Ngedzin Pusiri (gnas ‘dzin pu si ri, d.u.) at Pelme monastery, specifically forbade him from doing so. Nevertheless, the first four of his treasure revelations date to this period, including one of his most successful, the Barche Kunsel (bar chad kun sel), said to have been revealed in October 1848 from Danyin Khala Rongo (zla nyin kha la rong sgo), when Chokgyur Lingpa was only nineteen years old.

Biographies of Chokgyur Lingpa report that his colleagues in Nangchen scorned him, rejecting his claims to be a treasure revealer, and in his autobiography he expresses considerable frustration at this inability to gain acceptance. The nickname by which he was known during this period, Kyasu Terton (skya su gter ston), might be rendered in English as “the so-called treasure revealer of the Kyasu clan.” Ultimately, when he was twenty-five Chokgyur Lingpa left Nangchen for Derge, in search of patrons who might legitimize his treasure-revealing status.

The biographies have it that Chokgyur Lingpa was expelled from his monastery, ostensibly for making mistakes during a ritual dance. But if he was in fact expelled, it is likely that it was due to his assertions that he was a treasure revealer, which possibly included his having taken a consort. Although this is nowhere explicit in the biographies, there is sufficient reason to believe that Chokgyur Lingpa began his relationship with his main consort, Dekyi Chodron (bde skyid chos sgron, c.1832-1887), who sources also name Dega Dechen Chodren (bde dga’ bde chen chos sgron), before he left Nangchen in 1853.

Little is known about Dekyi Chodron save that she was from Nangchen, the sister of Chokgyur Lingpa’s disciple, the treasure revealer Barwei Dorje (‘bar ba’i rdo rje, 1836-1920) and that she was the mother of two of Chokgyur Lingpa’s three children. The first child was his eldest son Wangchuk Dorje (dbang phyug rdo rje, d.u.), also known as Tsewang Drakpa (tshe dbang grags pa), who died at the age of twenty-four or twenty-seven sometime prior to 1892. The second of her children was Chokgyur Lingpa’s daughter Konchok Peldron (dkon mchog dpal sgron, d.u.), who lived to the age of seventy. Chokgyur Lingpa’s second son, Kunzang Jigme Tsewang Norbu (kun bzang ‘jigs med tshe dbang nor bu) was born to a niece of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (‘jam dbyangs mkhyen brtse’i dbang po, 1820-1892), in 1856. Thus Chokgyur Lingpa must have begun his relationship with Dekyi Chodron at least by the beginning of 1855 in order for her son to have been born before Chokgyur Lingpa’s second son. Because Chokgyur Lingpa was in Derge from 1853 to 1856, it is probable that Dekyi Chodron had gone with Chokgyur Lingpa when he left Nangchen for Derge, and that they had already begun their relationship.

An ambitious twenty-five-year-old in search of religious authorization in eighteenth-century Khams, Chokgyur Lingpa would easily have been drawn to Derge, the largest and most vibrant religious and political region in Khams. He went first to the great Kagyu monastery of Pelpung (dpal spungs), and was able to secure an audience with the Ninth Tai Situ, Pema Nyinche Wangpo (ta’i si tu 09 padma nyin byed dbang po, 1774-1853) in early 1853.

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Statue of King Trisong Detsen at Samye Monastery, Tibet. Photo: Erik Törner, flickr.com/IMsbildarkiv. Click on image to enlarge.

It would appear that Chokgyur Lingpa gained entrance by means of a treasure prophecy he presented to Tai Situ that, in effect, proclaimed that their meeting was predetermined. The prophesy Chokgyur Lingpa offered also contains perhaps the earliest claim that he was the reincarnation of Lhase Muruk Tsenpo (lha sras mu rug btsan po), a personage who was invented by later Tibetan histories as a son of the Tibetan emperor Tri Songdetsen (khri srong lde’u btsan, 742-796). This identification became standard to his hagiography.

Tai Situ declined to authenticate Chokgyur Lingpa’s treasures, but he did introduce him to Jamgon Kongtrul (‘jam mgon kong sprul, 1813-1899) and Dabzang Tulku Ngedon Tenpa Rabgye (zla bzang sprul sku nges don bstan pa rab rgyas, 1808-1864). Although neither Dabzang Tulku nor Jamgon Kongtrul affirmed Chokgyur Lingpa at that time, both later became important collaborators. At Pelpung in July 1853 both lamas gave him important vows, and so have come to be listed as Chokgyur Lingpa’s second and third master: Dabzang Tulku gave Chokgyur Lingpa the bodhisattva vow, and ‘Jam mgon Kong sprul gave him tantric vows.

Having failed to obtain authorization at Pelpung, Chokgyur Lingpa left at the beginning of 1854. He initially followed in Jamgon Kongtrul’s footsteps, arriving at Dagam Wangpuk (zla gam dbang phug), a cave in the Terlung (gter klung) Valley where Jamgon Kongtrul was practicing, and which is likely the treasure site also known as Namchen Drakkar (gnam chen brag dkar). Chokgyur Lingpa assisted in the cave’s consecration, and he recorded receiving his sole pure vision revelation, the Bima Lhadrub (bima lha sgrub), at that time.

Over the next two years, as Chokgyur Lingpa traversed the region between Derge and the Terlung Valley, he repeatedly came into contact with Khyentse Wangpo, meeting him three times at his monastery, Dzongsar (rdzong sar), between October 1853 and November 1855. Although the details are fairly confused, it is clear that Khyentse Wangpo ultimately embraced Chokgyur Lingpa as a close collaborator.

At the first encounter he gave Chokgyur Lingpa an empowerment from the Purba Yangsang Putri (phur pa yang gsang spu gri). It is not clear whether this meeting was in fact a personal audience or was part of a public empowerment. Either way, Chokgyur Lingpa’s first private meeting with Khyentse Wangpo was facilitated by Jamgon Kongtrul, who had dispatched Chokgyur Lingpa to the area to perform rituals for a patron. In a curious letter of introduction to Khyentse Wangpo that is preserved in several sources, Jamgon Kongtrul wrote that while the would-be treasure revealer had presented what he claimed were his revelations, he was leaving the matter of their authenticity to Khyentse Wangpo to decide.

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Jamgon Kongtrul. Click to view the full thangka. Image credit: himalayanart.org

Roughly a year later, in the beginning of 1855, Chokgyur Lingpa stayed with Khyentse Wangpo for a month, receiving further empowerments and teachings. Khyentse Wangpo recorded experiencing visions while performing the empowerments, notably of the Dzogchen protector Ekajati, who predicted that the two would soon reveal their mutual treasure, the Dzogchen De Sum (rdzogs chen sde gsum). A third meeting occurred in late 1855; Khyentse Wangpo reported that during an empowerment ceremony at that time he loosened the knots in Chokgyur Lingpa’s subtle body and bestowed on him his treasure name: Orgyen Drodul Chokgyur Dechen Zhikpo Lingpa (o rgyan ‘gro ‘dul mchog gyur bde chen zhig po gling pa).

In 1856 Chokgyur Lingpa returned to Nangchen, stopping over at Pelpung to visit with Jamgon Kongtrul. There he cured Jamgon Kongtrul of an eye disease that Chokgyur Lingpa linked to Jamgon Kongtrul’s previous incarnation of the imperial era translator Vimalamitra, an identification Chokgyur Lingpa might have been the first to assert. Dabzang Tulku accompanied Chokgyur Lingpa from there, acting as a sponsor when he reached the famous Kagyu monastery Karma Gon (karma dgon) and encountered the Fourteenth Karmapa, Tekchog Dorje (karma pa 14 theg mchog rdo rje, c.1798-c.1868). Over the course of the fire dragon year (early February 1856 to late February 1857) Chokgyur Lingpa visited three sites he would become closely linked to: Okmin Karma (‘og min karma) above Karma Gon; Namkhadzod in his home valley, near where he would later found Neten (gnas brtan) monastery; and Danyin Khala Rongo in the upper Dzachu (rdza chu) Valley, revealing treasure in the presence of witnesses at each site, including the Karmapa. These were the main treasure and supplementary material for the Zabpa Kor Dun (zab pa skor bdun), and additional revelations related to the Barche Kunsel, which are listed as caskets six, seven, and eight in Khyentse Wangpo’s enumeration.

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Pelpung is a major Karma Kagyu monastery in Derge, Kham. It was established in 1727 by the Eighth Tai Situ, Chokyi Jungne, on the site of an earlier Drigung Kagyu monastery. Photo sourced from Treasury of Lives. Click on image to enlarge.

By the eleventh month of the fire dragon year, or January 1857, Chokgyur Lingpa was back in Dzongsar with Khyentse Wangpo. Over the next years the two of them together composed liturgies for the treasure cycles they had each revealed over the previous ten years, with Jamgon Kongtrul occasionally acting as scribe. In January 1857, the two opened a cave site that was to be Khyentse Wangpo’s main hermitage, Pema Shelpuk (padma shel phug). Although this was not the first time Chokgyur Lingpa was involved in a site consecration, it was his first “public revelation” (khrom gter), meaning that large crowds had gathered to witness, and it was the first for which he served in the official capacity of the treasure revealer – the man who produced the physical proof of Padmasambhava’s presence and thereby confirmed the sacred nature of the site. In that position Chokgyur Lingpa extracted two treasures, including the Dzogchen De Sum (rdzogs chen sde gsum) which had been foretold by the deity Ekajati two years earlier and was a revelation shared by Khyentse Wangpo.

From Dzongsar Chokgyur Lingpa next traveled to Pelpung to assist with the consecration of Jamgon Kongtrul’s hermitage, Tsadra Rinchen Drak (tsa ‘dra rin chen brag), in February 1857. His welcome there was in sharp contrast to his first arrival at Pelpung nearly five years earlier, which went virtually unnoticed and was followed by a series of disappointing rejections. Now, conches were blown, banners were hung, and flowers fell from the sky. As Jamgon Kongtrul recorded in his own autobiography, Chokgyur Lingpa gave him numerous empowerments from his treasure texts, a clear sign that Jamgon Kongtrul now viewed him as an authentic treasure revealer. This transition of status is marked by Jamgon Kongtrul’s use of language in his autobiography; prior to this event, Jamgon Kongtrul referred to Chokgyur Lingpa only as “Kyasu Terton,” indicating his hesitancy to affirm Chokgyur Lingpa’s authenticity.

As part of the process of consecrating Tsadra Chokgyur Lingpa announced that the place was one of twenty-five great sites in Khams, and he immediately walked up-valley to a site called Pawo Pukgi Wangchen Drak (dpa’ po phug gi dbang chen brag) to reveal a list of great sites in Khams. This was a treasure text titled “A Brief Inventory of the Great Sites of Tibet Composed by Padmasambhava, the Wise One of Oddiyana.” Item number twenty-three on the list of sites is Tsandra Rinchen Drak, the “mind-aspect of the Buddha attribute.” During the revelation of this, his eleventh treasure casket according to Khyentse Wangpo’s list, Chokgyur Lingpa also discussed with Padmasambhava whether Jamgon Kongtrul’s selections for the Rinchen Terdzod (rin chen gter mdzod) were appropriate or not (they were). When he returned, Chokgyur Lingpa and Jamgon Kongtrul completed the site’s consecration with the help of Khyentse Wangpo, who was on his way to Derge.

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Thangka of Chokgyur Lingpa (at the centre) accompanied by his hand and foot prints. Click on image to enlarge. Image credit: himalayanart.org

Chokgyur Lingpa joined Khyentse Wangpo and the two traveled together to the capital city to perform a medical sadhana, presumably for the royal family. They also opened a sacred site there, Dri Nyendong (‘bri gnyan sdong). This site is included as the site of the body-aspect of the buddha attributes on the recently revealed list of great sites. It is a small mountain that is visible from the royal palace, and is considered a protector of the kingdom. As part of its consecration Chokgyur Lingpa revealed a treasure, casket number twelve on Jamyang Khyentse’s list. Jamgon Kongtrul may or may not have been with them in Derge, but he did join them for the next site consecration of what appears to be a tour of great sites on the list. This was the activities-aspect of the buddha attributes, Sengchen Namdrag (seng chen gnam brag), which they consecrated with feast offerings, smoke purifications, and further treasure revelations, Chokgyur Lingpa’s thirteenth through seventeenth caskets, including texts, medicine, and relics. For at least some of the revelations the young King of Derge, Pelden Chime Tagpei Dorje (dpal ldan ‘chi med rtag pa’i rdo rje, 1840-1898?), joined the party as a witness.

Chokgyur Lingpa left Derge soon after the above revelations, traveling to nomadic regions across the Drichu (‘dri chu) from Derge and from there up to Nangchen, where he stayed at Okmin Karma for some time. He revealed several treasure caskets along the way and many during his stay in Nangchen, casket numbers eighteen through twenty-four; some of these were in the presence of the Fourteenth Karmapa. It was possibly during this extended stay that he established the first of his monastic seats, Tsike (rtsi ke), the seat of the Tsike, or Kela Chokgyur Lingpa line of incarnations. The monastery, located near Menda (sman mda’), in Chamdo (chab mdo) county, Tibet, derives its name from its location at the confluence of the Tsi (rtsi) and Ke rivers. The monastery later also became the main residence of Terse Tulku (gter sras sprul sku), the reincarnation line of Chokgyur Lingpa’s second son, Wangchuk Dorje.

In 1859 Chokgyur Lingpa was back in Derge, staying at Pelpung with Jamgon Kongtrul and Khyentse Wangpo. The early 1860s was a period of great activity by the famous triumvirate, still known today as the “Khyen Kong Chog De Sum (mkhyen kong mchog sde gsum)” The three worked together to reveal, decipher, and record treasure, and they traveled throughout the Derge kingdom in the service of the royal family, performing rituals to pacify and empower the landscape. At the beginning of the decade Chokgyur Lingpa and Khyentse Wangpo went together to the capital, where they were welcomed in a manner befitting state chaplains. Joined by Jamgon Kongtrul there, they spent several days performing pacification rites and empowerments for the benefit of the kingdom, including the Nyingma Kama Minche (rnying ma bka’ ma smin byed) in addition to their own treasure cycles.

The three continued their service to the royal family the next year, with the declaration from Chokgyur Lingpa that a new monastery should be built in Tro Mandala (khro maNDala), a narrow valley between Derge city and the Trola (khro la) pass. According to the biographies, the three lamas performed a number of rituals at Tro Mandala, largely concerning the subjugation of the local deity.

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Padmasambhava. Click to see the full painting of Padmasambhava surrounded by his consorts Yeshe Tsogyel and Mandarava. Image credit: Treasury of Lives.

Returning to the capital, Chokgyur Lingpa outlined his plans for building the temple to the Queen — probably Choying Zangmo (chos dbying bzang mo, 1815-1892), the widow of Damtsik Dorje (dam tshig rdo rje, 1811-1852) — and offered her a statue of Padmasambhava. The temple, Chokgyur Lingpa argued, was needed to prevent the onslaught of Gonpo Namgyel (mgon po rnam rgyal), the warlord from Nyarong (nyag rong) who was currently building his armies and expanding his territories. Unfortunately, the monks at the royal monastery, Lhundrub Teng (lhun grub theng) and the Derge steward, Tashi Gyatso (bkra shis rgya mtsho), refused the request, reportedly due to an unwillingness to allow the government to sponsor a new non-Sakya institution. Although there is currently a monastery at the site, it dates to the twelfth century, and was converted from Bon to Sakya in the 1880s; it would seem the three were not successful in building the new temple.

The three lamas returned to Pelpung to continue the building of Kongtrul hermitage. It was at this time that Chokgyur Lingpa revealed his gazetteer for the site, casket number twenty-four on Khyentse Wangpo’s list of his treasures. He also prophesized that a temple should be constructed there and he instituted a yearly vase ritual at the main monastery for its benefit. They were joined there by the Fourteenth Karmapa.

Following several more trips around the kingdom, Chokgyur Lingpa returned to Nangchen where he remained for the next three years, mostly in retreat at Okmin Karma. In 1864 he went over to Neten Gang (gnas brtan sgang) and Yegyel Namkhadzod (ye rgyal nam mkha’ mdzod). He extracted treasure (caskets twenty-six through twenty-nine) and performed various rites to consecrate the places, including feast offerings and purifications.

By early 1866 Chokgyur Lingpa was back in Derge where he resumed his peregrinations, giving treasure empowerments and consecrating local sacred sites on both sides of the Drichu River. He visited Pelpung and the capital during the summer. In the capital, which had recently suffered a long siege during the Nyagrong war, he joined Jamgon Kongtrul and Khyentse Wangpo in offering empowerments to the King and his ministers and to the general public, and they reconsecrated the Derge printing house, which had been desecrated by Gonpo Namgyel during his occupation of the town.

In November of 1866 Chokgyur Lingpa and Khyentse Wangpo spent roughly two weeks consecrating a site called Rongme Chime Karmo Taktsang (rong me ’chi med dkar mo stag tshang), a cliff site in the valley directly to the east of Dzongsar. (The site is currently the long-term retreat hermitage for the Dzongsar monastic college.) The route to the site was a great circumambulation starting at the monastery and passing Pema Shelpug, where the two performed public rituals before proceeding on across a high pass and down into the Rongme (rong med) valley. According to a narrative of the event preserved both on the back of a painting and also in Chokgyur Lingpa’s autobiography, they arrived on November second with a host of attending monks. Their party gradually grew to include an audience of local farmers and herders and ultimately the King of Derge and his retinue.

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Pema Shelpuk, a hermitage and treasure site opened by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Chokyur Lingpa was destroyed in 1959 but has since been subsequently restored. Image credit: Treasury of Lives.

The cave site is on the south-facing cliff between a high summer pasture and a long narrow forested valley. On the first few days they performed smoke offerings and oblations, and they surveyed the site, identifying a main meditation cave, a Guru cave, and a Yeshe Tsogyel cave. To access the caves, little more than slight indentations in the steep cliff-face, required ropes and ladders hewn from juniper trees. With a growing audience below, they used fire and axes to hack into the rock and enact the extraction of treasure objects. The Derge King arrived on November twelfth, and Jamgon Kongtrul came the following day and assisted them in their feast offerings and other public rituals. In the evening of the November sixteenth the entire party stayed awake into the night singing and dancing, and the royal family was shown the caves. The following day Chokgyur Lingpa revealed further treasure, which he displayed to the crowd, and gave a public empowerment ceremony.

On the 18th of November, 1866, the party, possibly including the King, went up the valley to a lake named Senggu Yumtso (seng rgod g.yu mtsho), the “Wild Lion Turquoise Lake,” almost 15,600 feet above sea level. In an often-repeated story of the days spent there, Khyentse Wangpo and Chokgyur Lingpa did battle with a naga, forcing it to relinquish the treasure it guarded. Chokgyur Lingpa reported that he used a net made out of his robe to recover it, while other accounts have it that he failed in this endeavor, only retrieving the treasure box after Khyentse Wangpo had subjugated the naga, but not before Chokgyur Lingpa broke his rosary, scattering the beads all over the shore. Khyentse Wangpo enumerated the revelations at Rongme as caskets number thirty through thirty-two.

Khyentse Wangpo, and Jamgon Kongtrul then continued their activity together, with a retreat in Terlung and public empowerments of Chokgyur Lingpa’s treasure cycles. In late January, 1867, the three formally re-enthroned the King of Derge, presumably performing the reinvestiture to restore authority damaged by the Nyarong War, although this remains unclear. According to Jamgon Kongtrul, Chokgyur Lingpa composed an especially beautiful benediction for the ceremony, but the speech does is not preserved in any of the biographical sources. They circumambulated the town along the tops of the valley walls, and successfully performed a tummo practice, melting ice with the heat of their bodies. Chokgyur Lingpa further gave the King empowerments from his treasure cycles.

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Katok is a major Nyingma monastery in Derge that was founded in 1159 by Dampa Deshek. Said to be the oldest Nyingma monastery, it is known for its preservation of the Kama, or Spoken Word, tradition. Image credit: Treasury of Lives.

Following the enthronements rites, the three lamas went to Katok (kaH thog) where they met with that monastery’s leading lamas, including the Second Getse Tulku, Tsewang Rigdzin Gyatso (dge rtse sprul sku 02 tshe dbang rig ‘dzin rgya mtsho, c.1830-c.1885), the Moktsa (rmog rtsa) and Zhingkyong (zhing skyong) Tulkus. Conflict arose around the seating arrangements, leading Jamgon Kongtrul to criticize the Katok patriarchs for their pride. Chokgyur Lingpa nevertheless performed consecrations and empowerments, including his Barche Kunsel, and received several transmissions from the monastery’s venerable Nyingma lamas.

In early 1867 Chokgyur Lingpa assisted with the consecration of Kongtrul’s second hermitage, Dzongsho Deshek Dupa Podrang (rdzong shod sde gshegs ‘du pa pho brang), high above the north bank of the Dzing River, which flows into the Drichu at Horpo. It was at this time that Chokgyur Lingpa and Khyentse Wangpo invested Jamgon Kongtrul with his treasure name, Chime Tanyi Yungdrung Lingpa (‘chi med bstan gnyis g.yung drung gling pa) officially authorizing him to reveal treasure. Jamgon Kongtrul later identified Dzongsho as site number twenty, on the list of the great sites of Khams, the attributes-aspect of the buddha attributes. From Dzongsho Chokgyur Lingpa travelled up the Terlung valley and over to Yilhun (yi lhun) and to Dzogchen (rdzogs chen). He met with the Fourth Dzogchen Drubwang, Mingyur Namkhai Dorje (rdzogs chen grub dbang 04 mi ‘gyur nam mkha’i rdo rje, 1793-1870), and where Chokgyur Lingpa revealed treasure, casket number thirty-six, at that monastery’s sacred site, Rudam Gangtro Dewachenpo (ru dam gangs khro bde ba chen po). The site figures as the main site of the buddha-attributes on Chokgyur Lingpa’s list of sacred sites of Kham. Supposedly also included in the casket was a gazetteer for the site.

Soon afterwards Chokgyur Lingpa embarked on a year-long trip to U-Tang. He visited Tsurpu (mtshur phu), Drigung (‘bri gung), and other major Kagyu monasteries, and performed frequent treasure empowerments. He was able to meet the Fourteenth Karmapa at Tsurpu, as well as the Ninth Pawo, Tsuklak Nyinche (dpa’ bo 09 gtsug lag nyin byed, d. 1911) and the Ninth Gyeltsab, Yeshe Zangpo (rgyal tshab 09 ye shes bzang po, 1821-1876). He visited Samye (bsam yas), Dorje Drak (rdo rje brag), and Mindroling (smin grol gling), and then returned to Khams. Back in Nangchen he established Neten, his second monastic seat, at Namkha Dzod. The monastery is the seat of the Neten Chokling line of his incarnations.

Chokgyur Lingpa passed away soon after, in 1870, at Neten, while planning a trip to Bhutan. His body was placed in a reliquary, where it remained until its destruction during the Cultural Revolution.

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Teachers

  • The Fourth Dzogchen Drubwang, Mingyur Namkhai Dorje རྫོགས་ཆེན་གྲུབ་དབང ༠༤ མི་འགྱུར་ནམ་མཁའི་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1793 – d.1870
  • The Fourteenth Karmapa, Tekchok Dorje ཀརྨ་པ ༡༤ ཐེག་མཆོག་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1798? – d.1868?

 

Students

  • bkra shis ‘od zer བཀྲ་ཤིས་འོད་ཟེར། b.1836 – d.1910
  • Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo འཇམ་དབྱངས་མཁྱེན་བརྩེའི་དབང་པོ། b.1820 – d.1892
  • Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye འཇམ་མགོན་ཀོན་སྤྲུལ་བློ་གྲོས་མཐའ་ཡས། b.1813 – d.1899
  • ngag dbang ‘od zer ངག་དབང་འོད་ཟེར།
  • The Second Lingla, Tubten Nyinje Gyeltsen གླིང་བླ ༠༢ ཐུབ་བསྟན་ཉིན་བྱེད་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.19th cent. – d.19th cent.
  • pad+ma ‘phrin las snying po པདྨ་འཕྲིན་ལས་སྙིང་པོ།
  • Sonam Gelek བསོད་ནམས་དགེ་ལེགས། b.1817
  • The Fifth Shechen Rabjam, Pema Tekchok Tenpai Gyeltsen ཞེ་ཆེན་རབ་འབྱམས ༠༥ པདྨ་ཐེག་མཆོག་བསྟན་པའི་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1864 – d.1909
  • Ayu Khandro Dorje Peldron ཨ་གཡུ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་རྡོ་རྗེ་དཔལ་སྒྲོན། b.1839 – d.1953

 

Subsequent Incarnations

  • mi ‘gyur bde ba’i rdo rje མི་འགྱུར་བདེ་བའི་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1953
  • The Second Tsike Chokling, Konchok Gyurme རྩི་ཀེ་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༢ དཀོན་མཆོག་འགྱུར་མེད། b.1871 – d.1939
  • The Second Neten Chokling, Ngedon Drubpai Dorje གནས་བརྟན་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༢ ངེས་དོན་གྲུབ་པའི་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1873 – d.1927
  • The Third Neten Chokling, Pema Gyurme གནས་བརྟན་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༣ པདམ་འགྱུར་མེད། b.1927 – d.1972
  • The Third Tsike Chokling ༠༣ རྩི་ཀེ་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༣། b.1940 – d.1952
  • The Fourth Tsike Chokling ༠༤ རྩི་ཀེ་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༤། b.1953 – d.2010
  • The Fourth Neten Chokling, Gyurme Dorje གནས་བརྟན་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༤ འགྱུར་མེད་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1973

 

Bibliography

  • Doctor, Andreas. 2005. Tibetan Treasure Literature: Revelation, Tradition, and Accomplishment in Visionary Buddhism. Ithica: Snow Lion.
  • Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche. 1990. The Life and Teachings of Chokgyur Lingpa. Tulku Jigmey Khyentse and Erik Pema Kunsang, trans. Kathmandu: Rangjung Yeshe Publications.
  • Gardner, Alexander. 2006. “The twenty-five great sites of Khams: Religious geography, revelation, and nonsectarianism in ninetheenth-century eastern Tibet.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Michigan.
  • Anonymous. Gter chen Mchog gyur gling pa’i zab bdun gter mdzod bzhes ba’i tshul lo rgyus ngo tshar lnga ldan. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 12, 341-362.
  • Dkon mchog ’gyur med bstan pa’i rgyal mtshan. 1921. Gter chen mchog gyur bde chen gling pa’i rnam thar bkra shis dbyangs kyi yan lag gsal byed. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 38, 1-629. Also published as Dkon mchog ’gyur med. 2002. Chokgyur Lingpa rnam thar bkra shis dbyangs bsnyan. Hong Kong: Zhang gang then mi dpe skrun khang. References are made to the Bhutanese edition.
  • Mchog gyur bde chen gling pa. 1865-1867. Sprul pa’i gter ston chen mo’i rnam thar gyi sa bon zhal gsung ma dang gter ’byung ’ga’ zhig bel gtam sna tshogs bcas phyogs bsdom rgyal bstan nyin bye ’og snang bes. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 36, 175-230.
  • ‘Jam dbyangs Khyentse Wangpo. Gter chen rnam thar las ’phros pa’i dris lan bkra shis dbyangs snyan bskul ba’i dri bzhon. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 39, 15-52.
  • Padma ye shes. Gter chen mchog gyur gling pa’i thun mong phyi’i rnam thar bkra shis skye ba lnga pa’i dbyangs snyan. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 39, 81-153.
  • Padma ye shes. Rje gter chen bla ma dbus phebs skor gyi lam yig mdor bsdus bkra shis dpyid kyi rgyal mo’i dbyangs snyan. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 39, 155-184.

Source: Alexander Gardner, “Chokgyur Lingpa,” Treasury of Lives, accessed June 19, 2018, http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Chokgyur-Lingpa/8181.

 


 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Sep 29, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Chokgyur Lingpa was born at in Nangchen . He was said to be the reincarnation of Prince Murub Tsenpo, second son of the Dharma king Trisong Detsen. At a young age he did received numerous teachings and met several lamas. He was a treasure revealer and contemporary of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgon Kongtrul. Regarded as one of the major tertöns in Tibetan history. Very interesting life stories of a great treasure extractor during his life. Together with Khyentse Wangpo they had extracted many treasures and performed various rites to consecrate the places, including feast offerings and purifications. Chokgyur Lingpa revealed further treasure, which he displayed to the crowd, and gave a public empowerment ceremony. He was considered as one of the most prolific treasure revealers of the nineteenth century.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post of a great master.

  2. Anne Ong on Jun 29, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Quite an interesting write up, but a bit complicated to understand what is it about? What is the treasure casket and Buddha attributes? Thank you Rinpoche and writers for sharing this article.🙏

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No one stays around, do not depend on anyone. Let go of them before they let go of you...it is inevitable. Tsem Rinpoche
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No one stays around, do not depend on anyone. Let go of them before they let go of you...it is inevitable. Tsem Rinpoche
Outdoor stunning Tara at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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Outdoor stunning Tara at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
The Promise - https://bit.ly/2NfHJjQ
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Hunting is a horrible \'sport\' because it is not necessary and unfair. Killing animals is vicious and inhuman. Hurting animals does not help us, our karma, our mind and it does not help the animals. Killing animals serves no benefit and it stunts our spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
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Hunting is a horrible 'sport' because it is not necessary and unfair. Killing animals is vicious and inhuman. Hurting animals does not help us, our karma, our mind and it does not help the animals. Killing animals serves no benefit and it stunts our spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a beautiful Yamantaka
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This is a beautiful Yamantaka
This is so powerful. This is so true. This is something we must remember about our self worth. We must value ourselves without arrogance.
3 weeks ago
This is so powerful. This is so true. This is something we must remember about our self worth. We must value ourselves without arrogance.
Nothing is for free for sure.
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Nothing is for free for sure.
Beautiful Dorje Yudroma protector. A gentle Goddess I\'ve had the pleasure to meet via her oracle.
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Beautiful Dorje Yudroma protector. A gentle Goddess I've had the pleasure to meet via her oracle.
Beautiful Kalachakra painting
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Beautiful Kalachakra painting
I like this picture of my teacher behind me.
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I like this picture of my teacher behind me.
This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
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This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
Please download this and share this meme with others. Thanks.
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Please download this and share this meme with others. Thanks.
Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
4 weeks ago
Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog  site in Nepalese language! Check it out:  https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
4 weeks ago
Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog site in Nepalese language! Check it out: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
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The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
1 month ago
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini\'s tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
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His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini's tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
1 month ago
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
1 month ago
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
1 month ago
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
It\'s hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
It's hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won\'t be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There\'s a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won't be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There's a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
2 months ago
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here-  https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
2 months ago
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here- https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
2 months ago
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
2 months ago
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
2 months ago
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 months ago
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
2 months ago
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
2 months ago
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
This is quite interesting....
2 months ago
This is quite interesting....
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
2 months ago
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
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Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
2 months ago
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
2 months ago
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
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Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
3 months ago
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
3 months ago
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
Beautiful Yamantaka print
3 months ago
Beautiful Yamantaka print
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: 
 https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
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The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
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  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
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    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
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    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
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    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
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    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
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    Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
  • In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
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    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
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    Neat little video
  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
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    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
    2 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
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    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
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    Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
  • Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
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    Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
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    Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
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    It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
  • Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
    3 months ago
    Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
  • Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
    4 months ago
    Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
  • Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
    4 months ago
    Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
  • Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
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    Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
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    The Simpsons: Lisa becomes a Buddhist
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    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
  • Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
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    1 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 hours ago
Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 hours ago
Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 hours ago
Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 hours ago
Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 hours ago
Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 hours ago
Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
Dr Hank was given support and advice to 2 new trained Emcee, Benjamin and Wen Yue. Alice Tay, KSDS
13 hours ago
Dr Hank was given support and advice to 2 new trained Emcee, Benjamin and Wen Yue. Alice Tay, KSDS
Andrea received her certificate happily from Pastor Gim Lee. Alice Tay, KSDS
13 hours ago
Andrea received her certificate happily from Pastor Gim Lee. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Melinda has a sweet smile and she is very friendly and like to help people. Alice Tay, KSDS
13 hours ago
Teacher Melinda has a sweet smile and she is very friendly and like to help people. Alice Tay, KSDS
Hubert, one of KSDS students who is talented in Wushu and performed in KSDS Graduation 2018. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Hubert, one of KSDS students who is talented in Wushu and performed in KSDS Graduation 2018. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Grace and the group are excited to check their scores for the quiz ~ KSDS Graduation 2018. Alice Tay, KSDS
14 hours ago
Teacher Grace and the group are excited to check their scores for the quiz ~ KSDS Graduation 2018. Alice Tay, KSDS
15 hours ago
Graduation 2018 - The exciting moment during the quiz competition of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's biography - The Promise. Lin Mun KSDS
17 hours ago
Graduation 2018 - The exciting moment during the quiz competition of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's biography - The Promise. Lin Mun KSDS
Graduation 2018 - Although Zi Rou is young but she performed so naturally in front of the audience. Lin Mun KSDS
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Graduation 2018 - Although Zi Rou is young but she performed so naturally in front of the audience. Lin Mun KSDS
Graduation 2018 - Robey is so graceful in her ballet dance. All the guests were so impressed. Lin Mun KSDS
17 hours ago
Graduation 2018 - Robey is so graceful in her ballet dance. All the guests were so impressed. Lin Mun KSDS
Graduation 2018 - Wonderful performance by Zi Xuan. Lin Mun KSDS
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Graduation 2018 - Wonderful performance by Zi Xuan. Lin Mun KSDS
Graduation 2018 - Teacher Jayce is making water offering in Gompa before the start of the event. Lin Mun KSDS
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Graduation 2018 - Teacher Jayce is making water offering in Gompa before the start of the event. Lin Mun KSDS
Graduation 2018 - Dr Hank gave some tips to the emcees, Benjamin and Wen Yue. Lin Mun KSDS
17 hours ago
Graduation 2018 - Dr Hank gave some tips to the emcees, Benjamin and Wen Yue. Lin Mun KSDS
Parents, stundents and guests making khata offering to Rinpoche's throne. Lin Mun KSDS
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Parents, stundents and guests making khata offering to Rinpoche's throne. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Graduation Day 2018 - A memorable moment, student receiving their certificate from pastor. Lin Mun KSDS
17 hours ago
KSDS Graduation Day 2018 - A memorable moment, student receiving their certificate from pastor. Lin Mun KSDS
Thank you Pastor Gim Lee and all wonderful volunteers for KSDS Graduation Day 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
18 hours ago
Thank you Pastor Gim Lee and all wonderful volunteers for KSDS Graduation Day 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
Wei Sim is practicing with Xi Rou for the Graduation Day performance. So glad to see supportive parents & their participation in dharma work. Lin Mun KSDS
18 hours ago
Wei Sim is practicing with Xi Rou for the Graduation Day performance. So glad to see supportive parents & their participation in dharma work. Lin Mun KSDS
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